ELYRIA — Vermilion gave Holy Name a tough battle last season in the Division II district championship game before losing by seven points.
Tuesday’s rematch in a Division II district semifinal wasn’t nearly as close.
Holy Name shook off a slow start to gradually pull away from the No. 7-seeded Sailors, then used a huge third quarter to close the deal in a 63-33 win at Elyria High School.
The top-seeded Green Wave (22-3) advances to Saturday’s district championship game for the second straight year. It will defend its district crown against third-seeded Fairview at Elyria High at 7 p.m.
Vermilion’s season ends at 12-13.
“We were a man down,” Vermilion coach Collin Irish said. “We were without Hannah Bartlome tonight. This was not only the first game she missed all season, but also the first game she’s missed her entire high school career. That’s not to say that’s an excuse for how we played, but we got put in roles that we’re not really comfortable with and we tried to get some different things going.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well and we didn’t take care of the ball very well. A lot of times, we played a little timid. They came with the pressure and we couldn’t handle it. But that aside, we had a good season. The kids played hard and the foundation has been set for Vermilion basketball. Now we need to build on it.”
Bartlome, who was in a walking boot, was the only one of the team’s three seniors who didn’t play. Ali Kowal scored eight points, including five in the fourth quarter, while Jasmine Porter added five and a team-best six rebounds.
Holy Name gradually built a 10-point lead midway through the second quarter before a 12-6 run over the final four minutes made it a 33-19 halftime lead. That run only served as a precursor for the second half.
The Green Wave forced Vermilion into 34 turnovers, 11 of which came during a lopsided third quarter. The Sailors were held to just two field goals during the eight minutes, and the last one didn’t come until there were 48 seconds remaining.
Meanwhile, Holy Name reeled off 16 unanswered points en route to an 18-4 third-quarter advantage. Going into the final quarter, Holy Name led by 28.
“I feel like we were a little nervous at the beginning,” Holy Name coach Kim Jones said. “We were making some uncharacteristic mistakes and it took us awhile to get going. I feel like we shook off those nerves at halftime, and what you saw in the third quarter was how we were hoping to play the whole game.”
Junior Jessica Burger came off the bench to lead Vermilion with nine points.
Holy Name was led by three seniors — Jackie Corrigan with 19 points, Kim Cook with 17 and Erica Davis with 12, all in the second half.
“We lost to a very good Holy Name team, and you’ve got to give them all the credit in the world,” Irish said.
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Holy Name 63, Vermilion 33
VERMILION (33): Ali Kowal 3-2-8, Caitlyn Schnur 3-0-6, Jasmine Porter 2-1-5, Jen Kovarik 1-0-2, Sarah Bartlome 0-1-1, Jessica Burger 4-1-9, Jessica Mello 1-0-2, Tara Pena 0-0-0, Kasey Ramos 0-0-0, Heather Habermehl 0-0-0, Haley Nabors 0-0-0. Totals 14-5-33.
HOLY NAME (63): Jackie Corrigan 5-9-19, Kim Cook 6-4-17, Erica Davis 5-2-12, Samantha Day 3-2-8, Rachel Kucharczyk 0-0-0, Hannah Kowalski 1-0-3, Grace Riley 1-0-2, Toni Dickson 1-0-2, Beth Armbruster 0-0-0, Colleen Wise 0-0-0, Courtney Jones 0-0-0, Mary Ehrbar 0-0-0. Totals 21-19-63.
Vermilion 7 12 4 10 — 33
Holy Name 14 19 18 12 — 63
Three-point goals: Vermilion 0-2, Holy Name 2-14 (Kowalski, Cook). Field goals: Vermilion 14-34 (41 percent), Holy Name 21-50 (42 percent). Free throws: Vermilion 5-8 (63 percent), Holy Name 19-24 (79 percent). Rebounds: Vermilion 27 (Porter 6, Schnur 5), Holy Name 26 (Cook 8). Turnovers: Vermilion 34, Holy Name 18. Total fouls: Vermilion 14, Holy Name 13.